Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Wins Palme d'Or

Michael Haneke's quiet and emotional "Amour" has won the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, the Cannes jury announced on Sunday.

A favorite of Cannes viewers from the moment it debuted at the festival a week ago, "Amour" was considered one of the favorites for the Palme. Haneke won in 2009 for his previous film, "The White Ribbon"; this victory makes Haneke only the second director to win the top Cannes award for back-to-back films.

Bille August also did it for "Pelle the Conqueror" and "The Best Intentions" in 1988 and 1992. August, though, made a TV-miniseries version of the latter film before turning it into the feature.

"Amour" follows an elderly couple as one of them has a stroke and gradually deteriorates. In announcing the award, jury president Nanni Moretti singled out the film's two stars, iconic French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva.

At TheWrap, Sasha Stone called the film "absolutely brilliant," and wrote, "every tiny moment between them feels precious, essential, like it can't be skipped over."

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